Scottsdale man impersonates MCSO deputy, demands money from victim at gunpoint

Posted at 6:56 PM, Feb 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-21 21:29:37-05

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — A Scottsdale contractor was jailed after being accused of impersonating a Maricopa County Sheriffs deputy, kidnapping and demanding money from a man at gunpoint.

Scottsdale police report that on February 13 they responded to a home near Hayden and Cactus roads.

A woman called them saying her husband was being threatened by an armed man claiming to be an MCSO deputy.

Police determined that 61-year-old Daniel James Huntington hired the victim to do some construction at a home that he owns. Huntington was dissatisfied with the work and reportedly demanded the victim pay him $1,350.

Huntington allegedly showed the victim an MCSO identification card and claimed to be a deputy. He also inquired as to the victim’s immigration status.

He then reportedly pulled out a handgun, chambered a round, and told the victim he was going to shoot him if he didn't pay. Huntington had the victim contact his wife to bring the money saying, "your husband's life depends on it."

Upon his arrest, police say they located a Maricopa County Sheriff's Posse identification card on Huntington.

Huntington has been charged with kidnapping.